More than a year after being hailed as heroes of applause through windows and balconies, American health experts on the front lines against COVID-19 are preparing to strike, stepping out of the bush and out in horror. Some people are given a panic button. From harassment.
Doctors and nurses across the country have grappled with hostility, intimidation and violence from patients frustrated by safety regulations designed to prevent tragedy from spreading.
Cox Medical Center in Branson, Missouri said it began providing panic buttons to up to 400 nurses and other staff after three attacks annually hit 123 between 2019 and 2020, it said. A nurse had to take an x-ray of his shoulder after the attack.
Hospital spokesman Brandy Clifton said the pandemic caused at least part of the spike.
“So many nurses say, ‘That’s just part of the job,’” says Clifton. “That’s not part of the job.”
Some hospitals have a limited number of public entrances. In Idaho, nurses said they were afraid to go to the grocery store unless they changed their clothes from their gowns so as not to be angered by angry residents.
Hospital spokeswoman Katie Bobbitt said doctors and nurses at Kodalane Hospital in Idaho had been accused of mourning and killing patients who didn’t believe COVID-19 was real. Others have been the subject of dangerous rumors being spread by those angry about the pandemic.
On Labor Day weekend in Colorado, a passerby threw an unidentified liquid at a nurse working at a mobile vaccine clinic outside Denver. Another man in the truck rushed in and smashed the signage around the clinic’s tent.
“This is another pressure on healthcare professionals who are already under a lot of stress,” says Dr. James Roller, infectious disease specialist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha.
In the United States, the COVID-19 crisis has caused people to misbehave in different ways.
Several people were shot dead during mask fights in shops and other public places. Fights and quarrels break out at the school board meeting. Earlier this month, a dispute broke out at a New York restaurant over the requirement for customers to provide proof of vaccination.
dr. Chris Sampson, a physician at the Columbia, Missouri, emergency room, said violence has always been a problem in emergency rooms, but the situation has worsened in recent months. Mr Sampson said he saw the nurse being kicked while being pushed against the wall.
dr. Ashley Coggins, of the St. Peter in Helena, Montana, said he recently asked patients if they would like to be vaccinated.
He said, “F, no. “Personally, I don’t want to get angry, so I don’t ask again,” Coggins said. “As you know, it’s a strange time in our world. We always respect each other and people respect nurses, doctors and nurses. It doesn’t always come in. This is the job. It’s a lot more difficult.”
According to Coggins, the patient told him he was going to strangle President Biden for vaccinations and asked him to change the subject. He said guards were responsible for enforcing mask rules for hospital visitors so nurses no longer had to tell people to leave.
Hostility already complicates stressful work. Many places suffer from massive staff shortages. It was partly because the nurse was excited and gave up.
dr. Kensie Graves, a doctor at the University of Utah, said, Salt Lake City Hospital.
“If you have to fight someone to wear a mask, or if you can’t visit and discuss it, it’s stressful.”